Brush-cutting near the area where contractors cleared brush last winter, volunteers discovered impressive new growth in what had been a brushy, otherwise rather barren area. It's encouraging when you see a response like that.
Hidden Pond August 13
No wind meant no burn as we cleared brush on the south margin of the prairie, building feeder piles for another day. When you cannot burn you get so much more cut because your entire focus is on that.
Volunteer Rebecca took the Managing Invasives class the previous day and says she got good reinforcement, encountering honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, and barberry. The multi-flora was particularly ornery.
Paddock August 16
Last week (forgot to mention this) we cleared a row of brush and found an abundance of small white oaks growing behind it. What a pleasant surprise! Many were 6-8 ft. tall, while others were much smaller, maybe a foot-and-a-half.
This week we burned, ridding the site of a much of the brush from three previous weeks of cutting. Dennis Kankowske and John Plunkett brought chainsaws and helped by bucking the downed pieces. It was a tough haul, with temperature and humidity both rising higher than previously forecast.